Yang Mi

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Yang Mi
Chinese name 楊冪 (traditional)
Chinese name 杨幂 (simplified)
Pinyin Yáng Mì (Mandarin)
Ethnicity Han Chinese
Origin Beijing, China
Born (1986-09-12) 12 September 1986 (age 29)
Beijing, China
Other name(s) Mimi Yang
Occupation Actress, singer, producer
Genre(s) Mandopop
Show City Times
Universal Music China
Years active 1991–present (actress)
2011–present (singer)
Associated acts Jane Zhang
Spouse(s) Hawick Lau (m. 2014)
Children 1
Ancestry China
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yang.

Yang Mi (born 12 September 1986) is a popular Chinese actress and singer. She made her acting debut in historical television series Tang Ming Huang, and later received acclaim for her leading roles in the television dramas and movies such as The Return of the Condor Heroes (2006), Chinese Paladin 3 (2009), Palace (2011) and Tiny Times (2013 and 2014), The Breakup Guru (2014), Legend of the Ancient Sword (2014) and The Interpreter (2016).

Early life[edit]

Yang Mi was born to a police officer and a housewife. She was given name "幂" (exponentiation) because her parents are both surnamed Yang.[2] The China Children's Film Studio held a children's television show training course and her parents signed her up for it. She also graduated from the now-defunct Beijing Xuanwu Experimental Primary School. Yang is also a student in Beijing Film Academy's Performance Institute.


In 1990, at the age of four, Yang made her acting debut in the historical television series Tang Ming Huang directed by Chen Jialin, playing the role of a young Princess Xianning. Two years later, she starred in the television series Hou Wa and won the 14th Flying Goddess Award and 12th Golden Eagle Award for Best Children's Television Series. She also had a minor role as Beggar So's daughter in King of Beggars (1992), which starred Stephen Chow as the titular character.

In the early 2000s, Yang rose to fame for her roles in television series such as The Return of the Condor Heroes (2006) and Chinese Paladin 3 (2009). In 2011, she starred as the time-travelling protagonist Luo Qingchuan in Palace. The drama established stellar ratings, and further catapulted Yang's popularity, winning her the Magnolia Award for the Most Popular Actress. The theme song sung by Yang also became very popular. The same year, she acted in in horror film Mysterious Island, which became a box office success.

In order to break out of her usual roles in the historical genres, Yang acted in modern drama Beijing Love Story, which won her Best Popular Actress at the Chinese TV Golden Eagle Awards. Due to her popularity, she landed a role in Painted Skin: The Resurrection, a sequel to Gordon Chan's 2008 box office hit Painted Skin.

Mei Ah Entertainment announced that it will be producing four tailored-made films (Wu Dang, Chinese Princess Turandot, Windseeker, and Butterfly Cemetery) for Yang with a total investment of 300 million yuan for the four films due to the box office success of Mysterious Island. In recognition of her box office appeal, Yang was named the Film Actress with the Most Commercial Value at the 2012 Music Film Festival.

Yang is also widely known for her role as Lin Xiao in the Chinese drama film series Tiny Times, based on Guo Jingming's best-selling novel oft the same name. The first installment of the film was released in 2013, and immediately became a commercial hit, raking in 73 million RMB ($11.9 million) at the box office on its opening day, breaking the record for China’s first day performance. Yang's popularity soared even further, ranking in #1 on 2014’s Top 100 most buzzed about stars in China and #7 in Forbes China Celebrity 100. The second installment was released in the same year, with subsequent films released in 2014 and 2015.

In 2014, Yang produced her first drama series 14 years into her career, which was said to be a Chinese version of the popular American television series Gossip Girl. The drama was titled and released as The Micro Era of Love, and starred Yang as the main character. The same year, Yang starred in fantasy-wuxia drama Legend of the Ancient Sword. The drama captured the first-place spot among TV show ratings and online views have already surpassed a billion, cementing Yang's status as a rating queen.

Yang continued to achieve mainstream success; romantic-comedy film The Breakup Guru starring Yang and Deng Chao was a huge commercial and critical success, and grossed over US$100 million in its run at the cinema. Yang starred in a numerous films in 2015, such as You Are My Sunshine, based on the popular novel Silent Separation written by Gu Man; The Witness, a remake of the hit Korean film Blind and romance film Fall in Love Like a Star, where she plays an agent who falls in love with a famous celebrity (played by Li Yifeng).

In 2016, The Interpreters starring Yang premiered on Hunan TV. This marks her first appearance on TV after she gave birth to her first child. The Interpreters immediately attracted a large audience following, accquring a national viewer rating share of 6.87%, and subsequently topped 2016's overall market share for the first half of the year. Yang later featured in Guo Jingming's L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties.

Personal life[edit]

In early 2012, Yang Mi revealed the relationship with an Hong Kong actor-singer Hawick Lau through her Weibo. Then on November 11, 2013 she announced their engagement.[3][4] Yang Mi and Hawick Lau were married in Bali, Indonesia on January 8, 2014. She gave birth to their daughter, nicknamed Little Sticky Rice (小糯米) on June 1, 2014 in Hong Kong.[5]



Year Title Chinese title Role Notes
1992 King of Beggars 武状元苏乞儿 Beggar So's daughter
1993 Heroes' Calamities 英雄劫 Mr Su's daughter
1997 Singer 歌手 Xiaoxia's cousin
2005 Beijing Fairytale 北京童话 Zhu Zhu TV movie
2007 The Door Wenxin
2011 Mysterious Island 孤岛惊魂 Shen Yilin
East Meets West 2011 东成西就2011 Yang Mi Cameo appearance
2012 All's Well, Ends Well 2012 八星抱喜 Chen Sisi
Perfect Two 新天生一对[6] Fang Jiawei
Love in the Buff 春娇与志明[7] Shang Youyou alternative title Love in a Puff 2
On My Way 跑出一片天 Xie Zi Cameo appearance
Painted Skin: The Resurrection 画皮II Que'er
Wu Dang 大武当之天地密码[8][9] Tianxin
The Bullet Vanishes 消失的子弹[10] Xiao Yunque
Holding Love Hold住愛[11] Zhou Jing
All for Love 三个未婚妈妈 Xiao Ma Cameo appearance
2013 Tiny Times 小时代 Lin Xiao
Tiny Times 2 小时代:青木时代 Lin Xiao
Saving Mother Robot 玛德2号 Primary School Teacher
2014 Snow Blossom 大寒桃花开 Taohua Kai Filmed in 2004
The Breakup Guru 分手大师 Ye Xiaochun
Tiny Times 3 小时代:刺金时代 Lin Xiao
2015 You Are My Sunshine 何以笙箫默 Zhao Mosheng
Tiny Times 4 小时代4:灵魂尽头 Lin Xiao
Cities in Love 恋爱中的城市 Zi Tong
The Witness 我是证人 Lu Xiaoxing
Fall in Love Like a Star 怦然星动 Tian Xin
2016 L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties 爵迹 Shen Yin
2016 Reset 致命倒数 Xia Tian
2017 绣春刀·修罗战场 Bei Ji
2017 Empires of the Deep 人鱼帝国 Mistress of Suoyou Island


Year Title Chinese title Role Notes
1993 Tang Ming Huang 唐明皇 young Princess Xianyi
Hou Wa 猴娃 Nannan
2004 The Story of a Noble Family 红粉世家 Li Xiaotao
Shuang Xiang Pao 双响炮 daughter in-law
2005 Days and a Bureau 天和局 Zhu Yuqiu
Strange Tales of Liaozhai 聊斋 Nie Xiaoqian
2006 The Return of the Condor Heroes 神雕侠侣 Guo Xiang
2007 Wang Zhao Jun 王昭君 Wang Zhaojun
Xiao Zhe Huo Xia Qu 笑着活下去 Cheng Xiaonuo
2008 Shang Shu Fang 上书房 Dun'er
2009 An Xiang 暗香 Miss Xiaojin
Chinese Paladin 3 仙剑奇侠传3 Tang Xuejian / Xiyao
2010 Detective Di Renjie – Prequel 神探狄仁杰前传 Ling Long
Beauty's Rival in Palace 美人心計 Mo Xueyan
The Dream of Red Mansions 红楼梦 Qing Wen
Unreasonable Bride 刁蛮新娘 Yan Xiaoman
2011 The Legend of the Twelve Chinese Zodiacs 十二生肖传奇 Qing Li
We Are a Family 我们是一家人 Xia Jiajia
Palace Luo Qingchuan / Hua Ying
Painted Skin 画皮 Xiao Hong
Hong Wu Da An 洪武大案 Cai Jue
The Four Brothers of Peking 新京城四少 Yin Baixue
Expressway of First Empire 大秦直道 Princess Ling
The Symphony of Fate 命运交响曲 Hao Anqi
Beauty World 唐宫美人天下 Qingluan
2012 Beijing Love Story 北京爱情故事 Yang Zixi
Palace II 宫锁珠帘 Luo Qingchuan / Huaying Cameo appearance
Ru Yi 如意 Ru Yi
Legend of the Military Seal 虎符传奇 Concubine Ru
2013 A Clear Midsummer Night 盛夏晚晴天 Xia Wanqing
2014 The Four Scholars in Jianghan 江南四大才子 Madame Tang Cameo appearance
Legend of the Ancient Sword 古剑奇谭 Feng Qingxue
The Micro Era of Love 微时代之恋 Luo Yi Also producer
2016 Les Interprètes 亲爱的翻译官 Qiao Fei
2017 Three Lives, Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms 三生三世十里桃花 Bai Qian

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  • 2012: Close to Me


  • 2012-04 Sixteenth Global Chinese Music Channel "The Best Cross-Border Singer in the Mainland" (winning)
  • 2012–03 The Second 2012 Music Film Festival "Film Actress with the Most Commercial Value" (winning)
  • 2012–01 Song List 2011 Beijing Pop Music Awards "Annual Most Popular Newcomer (Female)" (winning)
  • 2012–01 2011 Shopping Guide · Fashion Festival "Star of The Year (winning)
  • 2012–01 2011 Shopping Guide · Fashion Festival "Annual TV Actress " (winning)
  • 2012–01 2011 Sina Micro Blogging Night Network Festival "Micro Blogging Queen" (winning)
  • 2012–01 2011 Sina Micro Blogging Night Network Festival "The Most Influential TV Actress" (winning)
  • 2012–01 2011 So Hu Video TV Festival "The Most Popular Online Actress (winning)
  • 2011–12 Beijing Television Cultural Decade Influence Festival "Rookie of The Year Award" (winning)
  • 2011–12 2011 An Hui Satellite TV National Drama Festival "2011's Most Popular Actor (winning)
  • 2011–12 (The 2011 Multi-suns Award) The Top 100 TV Series Awards Ceremony "The Best TV Series Theme Song" Love's Support (winning)
  • 2011–10 2011 New Forces Festival "The Most Popular Film Actress" Far Cry (winning)
  • 2011–08 2011 Music Film Festival "Asia-Pacific Region's Most Popular Actor (winning)
  • 2011–08 2011 Fashion Power "Annual Most Popular Actress (winning)
  • 2011–06 The 17th Shanghai Television Festival "Magnolia" award, the audience voted most popular actress award " (winning)
  • 2011–06 Fourth Network Influence "The 2010 Top Ten Film and Television Actors" Palace Lock Heart Jade (winning)
  • 2011–05 Seventeenth Magnolia Shanghai TV Festival "Best Actress"(Nominations)
  • 2011-04 Fifteenth Annual Global Chinese Music Channel (Asian Influence Ceremony) "The Best TV Series" Palace Lock Heart Jade (winning)
  • 2011–03 2011 Fifth Ceremony of Entertainment "Particular Noticed Leaping Star" Palace Lock Heart Jade (winning)
  • 2011–03 2011 MSN Fashion Night Annual Award Ceremony "The MSN Xing Yue Fashion Star (winning)
  • 2011–03 2011 Oriental Film Festival "(TV Series) Most Popular Actress of The Year" (winning)
  • 2011–03 Youku Television Index Festival "Most Popular Actress Award" (winning)
  • 2010–12 2010 winds competition "Having New Annual Fashion"(winning)
  • 2010–04 2010 Drama and Internet festival in the spring "Most Network Vitality Drama (top5) " Paladin 3 (winning)
  • 2008–08 7th China Golden Eagle TV Art Festival "Best Actress" Wang Zhaojun (Nominations)
  • 2007-06 Third drama Billboard Award for Best New Artist (winning)
  • 2007–04 Forbes 2007 Personality of the Year of Chinese cultural and Recreational Sports Industry "The Most Potential" (winning)
  • 2007–04 Third 2006 Chinese Film Stars list (top 10) (winning)
  • 1993 Eleventh Golden Eagle Award for "Best Children Series, Thirteenth Flying Award for "Best Children's Series"
  • 1994 Fourteenth Flying Award for "Best Children's Series" second prize


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